1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Convertible Sedan / 1578 Chassis Information

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1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A photograph

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SS Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Castagna
Chassis #: 1578
Engine # 1522
Sold for $330,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
Sold for $467,500 at 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook.
High bid of £165,000 at 2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London. (did not sell)
High bid of $240,000 at 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $1,040,486 (€931,500) at 2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
Cesare Isotta and the Fraschini brothers Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste began their careers in the automotive industry by importing French cars to be assembled in Italy. In 1904 the Societa Milanese Automobili Isotta Company was formed. In 1905 engineer Giustino Cattaneo was hired as technical director and in time, would come to be known as one of the greatest Italian engineers of all time.

The Isotta-Fraschini had an early interest in racing and helped secure a strong reputation throughout the industry. It helped promote their products and prove they were reliable and competitive.

The first race Isotta-Fraschini race car created by Giustino Cattaneo was the Tipo-D. It had a four-cylinder engine that displaced a massive 1,050 cubic-inches. It failed to finish the first lap of its first race but it did teach Cattaneo that power was not the only ingredient in winning races.

In 1906, the Isotta-Fraschini company was ranked second (Fiat was number one) as Italy's largest producers of automobiles. Fiat produced 1,800 vehicles and in a distant second was Isotta-Fraschini with 300. It was an achievement for the young company.

Inspired by racing, the company began work on a four-wheel braking system to improve the cars performance. The results of their work was displaced at the 1910 Paris Auto Salon on one of their vehicles. Front-wheel braking was not an excepted practice at the time and was believed by many to create uncontrollable situations and instability at speed. The system created by Cattaneo was different than attempts of the past; it was inherently balanced and provided equal braking force to the front wheels no matter the steering input or position.

In the post-War era, Isotta-Fraschini introduced the Tipo 8/50. Many believe that the Giustino Cattaneo-designed engine was the world's first production inline eight-cylinder engine. During this time period, the Isotta-Fraschini business shifted; instead of making many different types of vehicles, they focused solely on becoming a single model car company that catered to the luxury car segment.

The Tipo 8 was succeeded by the Tipo 8A. It had light alloy pistons, drop forged connecting rods, overhead valves, and a ten main bearing crankshaft. This made the engine powerful, smooth and very reliable. Large drum brakes were married to each wheel and fitted with a vacuum servo booster that helped bring these large cars to a stop quickly from high speeds. The standard wheelbase size was 145.6-inches and was comprised of heavy gauge stamped steel. The wheelbase size could be lengthened to 157.5-inches to accommodate limousine coachwork.

Isotta-Fraschini chassis were bodied by only the best coachbuilders of the era. One such coachbuilder was based in Milan and had a history that dates back to the 1830s. It was Castagna and was a favorite among royalty long before they produced coachwork for automobiles.

This vehicle is a 1930 Isotta-Frasschini 8A Convertible Sedan with coachwork by Castagna. It was originally imported to the US through Isotta Motors Inc., New York. It has been fully restored since new and finished in a two-tone red paint scheme. The fenders and beltline are slightly darker red than the rest of the body. Gold striping can be found along the bodylines.

In 2008 this 1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan by Castagna was brought to RM Auctions 'Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook' where it was estimated to sell for $400,000-$600,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for $467,500 including buyer's premium.

In 2009, this Tipo 8A was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $400,000 - $500,000. If failed to sell as its reserve was not met by the high bid of $240,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
SS Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Castagna
Chassis #: 1578
Engine # 1522
Sold for $330,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
Sold for $467,500 at 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook.
High bid of £165,000 at 2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London. (did not sell)
High bid of $240,000 at 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $1,040,486 (€931,500) at 2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
This Isotta Fraschini was the top model for Isotta Fraschini. It was powered by an 8A SS straight-eight 7.3-liter engine guaranteed to perform at 100 mph. The SS stands for Super Spinto, which translates, appropriately, to 'racy' or 'driven.' This Castagna body is an exceptional example with an interior that has been carefully refurbished by its current owner. It is possible that this is the car displayed by Isotta Fraschini at the 1930 Milan Auto Salon before being exported to the United States for sale through the marque's New York agents. It is thought that the car's first owner was William Randolph Hearst Jr., son of the renowned media mogul. The car's current owner is a lifelong fan of the marque; he purchased his first Isotta when he was just 22.


2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Sale Price :
$1,040,486 (€931,500.00)

2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£150,000-£200,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
£165,000

2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$500,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$240,000

2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$600,000 
Sale Price :
$467,500

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$325,000-$425,000 
Sale Price :
$330,000

2018 1
2017 1
2015 1
2012 1
2008 2
2007 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$1,270,000$1,270,0001
2017$302,500$302,5001
2015$1,040,486$1,040,4861
2012$1,100,000$1,100,0001
2008$481,250$495,0002
2007$330,000$330,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Boattail Cabriolet by Castagna
Chassis#: 1581
Sold for $1,270,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A 'Flying Star' Recreation
Chassis#: 687
Sold for $302,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  
1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS Cabriolet
Chassis#: 1578
Sold for $1,040,486
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  
1930 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO CABRIOLET
Sold for $1,100,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A
Sold for $467,500
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  
1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Transformable Torpedo
Chassis#: 1585
Sold for $495,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 1578
Sold for $330,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Boattail Cabriolet1581 15992012 RM Auctions Monterey$1,450,000$1,750,000$2,500,000
1930 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Convertible Sedan15782009 RM Auctions Automobiles of London$165,000$150,000$200,000
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$240,000$400,000$500,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Tourer
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 489
Engine Num: 500
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis Num: 605
Engine Num: 604
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 81924 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Sala & Riva
Chassis Num: 655
Engine Num: 664
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1925 Boattail
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 720
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Coupe Chauffeur
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 1175
Engine Num: 1174
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1363
Engine Num: 1385
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1927 Sala Torpedo Phaeton Tourer
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis Num: 839
Engine Num: 662
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Imperial Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini 8A SS1928 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 1353
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 AS1928 Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1380
Engine Num: 1414
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1928 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1549
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Engine Num: 1596
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Imperial Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Coupe De Ville
Coachbuilder: Cesare Sala
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 1402
Engine Num: 1630
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1482
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 1571
Engine Num: 1591
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Transformable
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1587
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1929 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1592
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 SS Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 SS Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1578
Engine Num: 1522
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Boattail Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1581
Engine Num: 1599
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Special Sports Torpedo
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1659
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1930 Flying Star Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 687
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini 8A SS1932 Commodore
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A1933 Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 1664
Engine Num: 1664

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